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“Above the cloud with its shadow is a star with its light.” — Victor Hugo
“Man is affected not by his circumstances, but rather the view he takes of them.” — Albert Ellis re-quoting William James
“Finding temporary and specific causes for misfortune is the art of hope.” — Martin E.P. Seligman
When things go wrong, what do you tell yourself? Listen to your own internal dialogue. Is it negative, permanent (“This will ruin my career”), pervasive (“People are always like this”), and personal (“I must be really incompetent”)? Begin to dispute your pessimistic explanations, and talk back to the little voice. “Well, that was a learning experience.” “This guy must be having a bad day.” “No point in being down on myself – mistakes like this happen to everyone.” Emerge from helplessness, take control of your thinking, and energize yourself into action.
Conversely, a pessimistic style has been linked to:
Seligman's lesson syllabi and unit plans: Positive Psychology.
The results of a workshop on cognitive coping skills: Psychology Help Center.
A self test on optimism: Spirituality and Health Magazine.
How to become a power optimist: Dana Lightman.
Insights on the Wealthy Soul: 9 Insights of the Wealthy Soul.
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